West Brom Albion has appointed Valerien Ismael as their new head coach. He has signed a four-year deal with the club after agreeing on compensation with Barnsley. Ismael led Barnsley to the Championship playoffs where they lost to Swansea City. He has managed Wolfsburg, Apollon Sminis, and LASK before taking over at Barnsley.
“I am delighted to welcome Valerien to The Hawthorns. Valerien has established a reputation as an excellent coach and I have been impressed by his professionalism, enthusiasm, and hunger to succeed.” West Brom Albion chief executive Xu Ke said on Valerien Ismael. “His performance last season with Barnsley, and his coaching career to date, all point to a man who has a long, successful career in front of him. It is my hope that he is with us for at least the next four years. I am confident that by working together we will be able to achieve our goal of returning to the Premier League, but success is earned by building on strong foundations, and our plans must now look further into the future.”
The club announced that he will join the pre-season of the first team after completing his quarantine period. He will take over from Sam Allardyce who quit the job after relegation from the premier league. This was his first relegation in his long career. Chris Wilder and David Wagner were also considered for the job before talks broke down. Valerien said he can’t wait to take up his new challenge.
“I feel a big responsibility but I’m ready for this job and I am delighted to be here,” Valerien said. “I know a lot about the club’s history and the atmosphere at The Hawthorns, which is an amazing stadium, and the fans make it a special place to play.”